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Lyft Scooters Hit the Streets, Along with Discount for Low-Income Riders

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lyft Scooters Hit the Streets, Along with Discount for Low-Income Riders

Just shy of a year after the first rentable electric scooters were placed on Columbus streets, the ride-hailing company Lyft has entered the market. Starting this morning, users will be able to use the Lyft app to locate and rent the new scooters, which will cost one dollar to unlock and 15 cents for each […]

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Parking Rules are Changing (Again) in The Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren Parking Rules are Changing (Again) in The Short North

UPDATE: The changes outlined below will go into effect on Monday, June 24 in the Short North. Some of the new parking rules for the Short North that the City of Columbus rolled out in January will be changing this summer, including a price cut for resident guest passes and a reduction in how much […]

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Transportation Roundup: Electric Buses, Driverless Shuttles and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transportation Roundup: Electric Buses, Driverless Shuttles and More

Taking a cue from our semi-regular Development Roundup feature, here are some smaller news items, proposals and updates from the transportation world that we’ve been following lately. Smart Columbus has selected French company EasyMile to operate its self-driving shuttle in Linden. The vehicles are ADA-accessible and can hold up to 15 passengers. Like the downtown […]

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Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Density, the Hyperloop, and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Density, the Hyperloop, and More

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is the driving force behind some high-profile initiatives in Central Ohio, such as the Insight 2050 and Corridor Concepts studies and the proposal to connect Columbus to Chicago via high speed rail or Hyperloop. Columbus Underground recently sat down with MORPC Executive Director William Murdock, who was happy to […]

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The Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Is Columbus ever going to get light rail? Is that what Columbus really needs? Reporter Brent Warren sat down with Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock to discuss the work that MORPC does, where the region is going, the difference between developing a plan and implementing it, and how to ignite the conversation […]

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Plan for Temporary Bus Lane on Third Street Concerns Bike Advocates

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan for Temporary Bus Lane on Third Street Concerns Bike Advocates

The City of Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) are moving forward with plans for a demonstration project involving a stretch of Third Street Downtown. Starting on July 22 and running for two weeks, the far right hand lane of the one-way street, between Long and Mound Streets – which currently holds a […]

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New Scooter Companies, Local E-Bike Startup Set to Enter Columbus Market

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Scooter Companies, Local E-Bike Startup Set to Enter Columbus Market

Three new “micro-mobility” companies have received approval from the City of Columbus to enter the market and are planning summer launches. Jump, which was acquired by Uber last April for $200 million, will deploy both its rentable e-bikes and scooters, while Spin, which was acquired by Ford Motor Company in November, will soon be rolling […]

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